Issues in evaluation: evaluating assessments of elderly people using a combination of methods


  • Robert T McEwan BSc(Hons) Dip MRS

    1. Research Officer, Newcastle upon Tyne Health Authority, Shieldfield Heath Centre, 4 Clarence Walk, Shieldfield, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1AL
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In evaluating a health service, individuals will give differing accounts of its performance, according to their experiences of the service, and the evaluative perspective they adopt The value of a service may also change through time, and according to the particular part of the service studied Traditional health care evaluations have generally not accounted for this variability because of the approaches used Studies evaluating screening or assessment programmes for the elderly have focused on programme effectiveness and efficiency, using relatively inflexible quantitative methods Evaluative approaches must reflect the complexity of health service provision, and methods must vary to suit the particular research objective Under these circumstances, this paper presents the case for the use of multiple triangulation in evaluative research, where differing methods and perspectives are combined in one study Emphasis is placed on the applications and benefits of subjectivist approaches in evaluation An example of combined methods is provided in the form of an evaluation of the Newcastle Care Plan for the Elderly